Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Moment of Creativity…

Perhaps it’s having a couple of weeks away but I feel surrounded by creative energy at the moment! – when it comes to the house it’s kind of forced, but actually I’m enjoying myself…

We had to move office and home a few weeks ago, because the landlord sold the land. It was heart-breaking at the time but I think this new place will be quite something. I’m surrounded by paint colour books and home decor magazines (thanks to a friend), and am well on my way to having the colour selection sorted for the home atleast. Staff are choosing their office colours, I’ve just advised against PINK the current colour… Some interesting choices were made by previous tenants. It’s tough coordinating with the ‘5 different colours’ used to create the kitchen!  But we’ll get there… 🙂

Whilst visiting a friend’s place this afternoon to check out how she’d made her veranda, I saw her children’s playground. A perfect fit for the small area in the Shelter, where we’d like to build a playground for the kids! Perhaps this week the staff can check it out with the carpenters… Hagar USA are currently fundraising to help pay for it, and it feels so much closer to becoming a reality.

I was at the Shelter this morning, drinking green tea and having lunch with the women and children. It was lovely. I haven’t seen them since I got back from the UK and as the office is closed today I took my chance to have some time with them. While I was away, the interior was repainted ready for step 2!  I have a friend who is a children’s artist, painting animals etc. and he’s coming over tomorrow to look at the space and with the kids decide what illustrations will be painted.  They’re now all busily drawing and colouring their favourite animals ready to show him tomorrow. Apparently red roses are a must! One girl asked if she should draw them directly on the wall. I asked her to start on paper first… there’ll be plenty of opportunity to paint on the walls soon enough…  We’ll see tomorrow if that instruction was followed…

One year on…

I’m sitting in a garden of roses, listening to the sound of kites in the sky (a beautiful sound once the helicopters have passed), and studying a book on career counselling and career development, ready for my first assignment, which I’ve already asked for an extension on! I’ve also got my novel close at hand for the regular text book breaks!! I find myself moving around the garden regularly, trying to avoid the sun… amusing to my friends…

It’s voting day and the helicopters are flying over head keeping an eye out no doubt on the polling stations and goings on of Kabul. I vacated my home last night and am staying with friends just around the corner. The mosque at the end of my street is apparently being used as a polling station so we thought it best to stay clear for now. I’ll head back home at the end of the day.

It’s interesting being back here in the house where I first resided one year ago, when I first came to Afghanistan. I spent my first month here and it’s where I met Glen, my friend, and one of those recently killed in North East Afghanistan. I’m reminiscing back to times in this garden, playing table tennis, reading under the sun, the hours of conversation… Wonderful memories, even if I did get thrashed at table tennis!

So, one year on, here I am. A significant moment to reflect upon what has perhaps been one of the most amazing years of my life, and also one of the most difficult. But this is the reality of living and working in a war torn country and something I knew I might have to face on coming here. Still, it is hard. Who is ever prepared for the sudden loss of a close friend? Many people try to reason, give their thoughts on why such a tragedy might occur, but I’m not in that place. For me, it’s simply that bad things happen to good people, and it’s ok to grieve that loss. And time will heal… it has to.

I’ve just come back from two weeks in the UK where we’re setting up a Hagar support office to fundraise for our social programs in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan. We now have offices in New Zealand, Australia, USA and Singapore. Being a Brit, I’m glad to see one set up in my homeland and look forward to getting involved. I feel refreshed and energized. I’m thankful to be here in Afghanistan and am ready to press on with work and to see the success that comes! Doors have already begun opening for new opportunities… There are exciting times ahead!